Nature & ecology

Delve deeper into the animal and plant life we share our city with, plus look beyond our shores to ecosystems around the world and the environmental issues affecting our planet.

Read City Lit tutor Brenna Boyle's guide to London's diverse wildlife.

  1. Artificial intelligence: threat or promise?

    Course Date: Thu 31 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From chatbots to medical diagnosis machines, what challenges and promises does this technology offer to society? This overview course will look at the history, science and philosophical questions behind the rapid and astonishing developments in this field.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  2. Walking London's woodlands

    Course Date: Fri 27 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore London’s diverse woodlands and discover the wildlife they contain on this relaxed natural history and walking course. First session at City Lit, followed by three off-site woodland walks.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  3. Walking London's rivers

    Course Date: Sat 28 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London’s rivers provide a wildlife highway into the city and support a huge array of life, from eels to kingfishers. The Thames has transformed since the 'great stink' of 1858, and is now one of the cleanest city rivers in the world. Come to this relaxed walking programme and explore the wildlife, ecology and history of London’s rivers. First session at City Lit, followed by three off-site walks of approximately two hours.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £40.00

  4. Summer trees

    Course Date: Fri 3 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    During this two-day course you will learn key clues for tree identification in class, followed by a gentle stroll around local gardens and squares to enjoy the rich diversity of native and introduced trees in London. A must for all tree lovers.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  5. Discover birds of prey

    Course Date: Sun 5 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Find out all about birds of prey; their diversity across the world, ecology and behaviour. View zoological specimens. Dissect a pellet (dried regurgitated material) from a wild barn owl, identifying the bones within to ascertain the owl's diet.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. Know your wild neighbours: an interactive workshop to identify the wildlife on your doorstep - bring your photos

    Course Date: Sun 12 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London is a city with a diverse array of wild residents. In this fun and interactive workshop, we discover the plants and animals which live alongside us and the strategies they utilise for surviving in the city. Learn how to use keys and field guides to help identify London species. Bring along photos of plants or animals that you would like help identifying, or would just like to share with the group.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

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